Matthew Cerrone over on Mets Blog has a different take on Luis Castillo batting lead-off and Jose Reyes batting second or third. Here’s one thing he said:
…my guess is this is more of a spring-time motivational strategy than it is a permanent solution.
Castillo’s not even in camp yet, so by pumping him up and trusting him with more responsibility, and making him a big part of the offense before he even gets in camp, it, again, puts him in a leadership position and in a better chance to do well.
I can understand what Cerrone is saying about using it as a way to motivate Castillo. There’s a lot of pressure hitting in the lead-off spot. It’s up to you to get the game going. Jerry Manuel is trying to give him confidence.
I just do not see how it can get him to be a leader.